Blog

Culture Laser and SPL Podcast Roundup

May 14, 2013

[SPL] May 2013: Erín Moure

Erín Moure discusses her recent book The Unmemntioable, an exploration of her complex family history and subsequent travel to western Ukraine. In conversation with Ryan Van Winkle at the StAnza Poetry Festival, where she was the poet in residence, they discuss “how you can identify who you are and where you come from when your mother says you come from nowhere.” And nowhere, she discovered, was western Ukraine.

[CultureLaser] Hannah Silva

Writer & theatre maker Hannah Silva discusses her work. Catching up at the StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews, they discuss her relationship to sound poetry, the influence of her musical training on how she approaches her work and how she deals with politics and modern political rhetoric by manipulating voice as sound and laying disparate elements together. The podcast features her pieces ‘Prosthetics’, ‘Gaddafi’, ‘Strike’ and an excerpt from ‘The Disappearance of Sadie Jones’. Catch up with her on Twitter @hannahsilvauk. We also include a brand new track from Dan Seizure, Finsbury Park.

[CultureLaser] #NeedNothing Returns: Sleep Tight Bobby Cairns

We revisit the #NeedNothing campaign which we featured on our second ever episode and find out about their new project, #sleeptightbobbycairns. We’ll leave it to director Rob Jones and writer Michael O’Neill to explain more about their satirical investigation into the world of activism – including excerpts from their latest production with Millie Turner. Catch it at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, 14th – 18th May 2013. We also feature a track from Three Blind Wolves’s forthcoming album, Hallelujah For The Old Machine.

Bluegrass on the new SPL Podcast

November 23, 2009

One of the nicest things about hosting, performing and touring with the Golden Hour is that I occasionally get to collaborate with great musicians. So, on this podcast I share with you one of my favourites – Jed Milroy and I performing Bluegrass. In the podcast I explain a bit about where the poem comes from but here are some more interesting facts.

* I recorded the vocal part sitting in Jed Milroy’s loo.

* I never lived with anyone named Tuna. The name is an oblique reference to the horrendous Johnny Depp film, Blow. At some point the overweight character named Tuna wanders into the ocean as a solemn Johnny Depp says, “Nobody knows where Tuna went” or something like that. At the time, we found it very funny and it managed to sneak into the poem.

* The poem wouldn’t have been written if I didn’t live with an amazing bunch of people in a huge house in Ithaca during the Summer of 2001. This experiment in communal living was revolutionary but not in the naive way we all expected. Hammocks and skinny-dipping in waterfalls, table football, music and artistic endeavours were all around us. Living closely with a dozen artists and activists changed my life and, in a way, has guided me to this day. We made some mistakes, and we were young enough to believe we could change the world in some way. Then 9/11 happened, the house broke up and the world really did change. This is what we looked like:

hats

* The poem wouldn’t have been written if Jed Milroy, Jack Richold, Andy McKay, and Ian Stoddart didn’t play magnificent bluegrass music every week for a while at The Jazz Bar on Chambers Street. Hearing songs like Wagon Wheel and Loudon Wainwright’s Swimming Song brought me back to America and returned me to the friends I lived with. Thank you Greenman Bluegrass Boys!

Anyway, that’s all a lot of preamble. Here’s the blurb from the SPL site. Let us know how you enjoy the podcast.

Emily Ballou & Bluegrass

“I felt a Funeral, in my Brain…”

Ryan catches up with American/Australian poet Emily Ballou just before her event at the SPL. They discuss what it’s like to be a poet abroad, the influences on her work and her recent collection, The Darwin Poems. We’re also treated to ‘Bluegrass’, a poem by Ryan, with musical accompaniment by Jed Milroy.

Subscribe with ITunes

Or subscribe without iTunes (RSS)

Please subscribe to the pod-cast.

And here is the surreal world of Aaron’s Magic Pants!

<httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3q9S6mIE68>


Sinan Antoon on the SPL Podcast!

November 5, 2009

As part of the Reel Iraq Festival I had a chance to talk to the Iraqi Poet Sinan Antoon. Sinan has two books out and I found his collection, Bagdahd Blues, is hauntingly beautiful. There are some incredibly rendered, short poems in there all written clean and clear.Check it out. You can also find Sinan’s work in the latest issue of The Edinburgh Review as translated by Andrew Philip. I’m really happy that the Reel Iraq Festival branched out into the literary world this year and that I had a chance to be so active in so much of it. Let’s hope these important festivals keep growing in Edinburgh.

Here’s the blurb from the SPL:

Reader in Residence Ryan Van Winkle and Iraqi poet and novelist Sinan Antoon found a break during the Golden Hour to chat about his work, about labels and about which poems he carries with him. Also featuring hip hop track ‘Sunshine’ from Mammoth.

Our podcasts are about to become a bit more frequent. Be here every Friday, or better yet, subscribe!

Subscribe with ITunes

Or subscribe without iTunes (RSS)

Listen now…


Or download as MP3.

The Witching Hour – Spooky Podcast

October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween y’all! We’ve got a brand new poetry podcast!

We’ve got the supurb Kona MacPhee reading a creepy little poem called The Ghost Toe and Kim Tebble’s brilliant rendition of his “The Raven, the Knight and the Queen of the Birds”

Here’s the Blurb from the SPL

Featuring an interview with poet Kona Macphee, who discusses her Poem of the Week project and reads a Halloween themed poem from her first book, Tails. Her new collection Perfect Blue, is out in February from Bloodaxe. We’ve also got a scary treat from Kim Tebble, who performs his “The Raven, the Knight and the Queen of the Birds”.

If you’d like to send us your favourite scary poem and why you like it, or just say hello to Ryan and Colin, please drop us a line to splpodcast@gmail.com

Subscribe with ITunes

Or subscribe without iTunes (RSS)

Listen now…


Or download as MP3.

And don’t forget you can catch me this weekend at the Storytelling Festival and at the Electric Cabaret. Both events are on Halloween and should be amazing — the former being a lovely chat and the latter being an all-out party! Plus – there’s the Golden Hour at Elvis Shakespeare on Sunday, 1 November. Books, music, good chat. 2pm. Come along.

And now, in case you’re not freaked out enough, here’s Christopher Walken. Enjoy!!!

<httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p99rf63jCE>

Poetry in the Poetry Gardens

September 14, 2009

A few months ago our actor friend, Jamie Gordon, asked if there were any poetry projects he could get involved in. At first we thought he could do some readings for our SPL poetry podcast but then we started to get excited about sending him out to the poetry gardens to recite poems directly to the public. Jamie won’t be alone though, there will be an SPL gazebo where you can browse some of our books, get some free poetry post cards and find out about our plans for National Poetry Day on October 8th.

So, on Wednesday 16 September the Scottish Poetry Library will be in the Poetry Gardens at St. Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh bringing poetry to the people.

Our orators will give you a choice of three poems — maybe you want a “classic”, maybe you want something funny, or perhaps you need a little love?

Join us any time from noon – 2pm.

It’s free!

Grant Campbell on ‘Your thin shoulders’…

August 31, 2009

Our friend, the bass-wizard from the darkly poetic band, “St. Jude’s Infirmary” , discusses an amazing Osip Mandelstam poem. It’s a beautiful poem, read it and Grant’s thoughts about it on the SPL’s Reading Room site. And watch out for our up-coming podcast featuring St. Jude’s.

St. Jude’s Infirmary have an epic new album titled “This Has Been the Death of Us.” It is quite a treat and an instant contender for my yearly top-ten list. You can buy it here.

And here is a video of the band in action at the National Portrait Galley. If you watch the whole thing, you’ll hear my name mentioned. As it was in the blog Terrible Love Songs.Why? Because the band kindly invited me to read poems between the songs. I think it worked, hopefully, we’ll find that footage on the internet soon and I’ll post some audio of our collaboration soon.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLXzwlsxzNY

Finally, Edinburgh is Ready for…

July 31, 2009

The Naughty Boys!

August 4th

The Forest, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh

Free

9.30pm

The Forest is Licensced for August. Come drink with the boys!

poster-copy

Once a year the elusive and enigmatic Naughty Boys get together for a session of live, improvised, performance. Poems vs computers vs drums vs salvaged keyboards and whatever else we can find.

You will come.

Featuring:

* Dan Seizure on keys and computer loop.
* Peter Perfido on drums.
* Stevie Paterson on keys and percussion noises.
* Ryan Van Winkle — Spoken Words

shhhhhhh...

shhhhhhh...

Nothing But the Poem at the SPL!

June 24, 2009

nothingbutthepoemecl22

Fancy a poetry chat? Come along to Nothing But The Poem: A relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss poems.

Where: Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close.

When: 6.30pm on July 7th.

How Much:  £5/£3

call us on 0131 557 2876 to book your place.

Moderated by ECL / SPL Reader-in-Residence Ryan Van Winkle.

What is it?
* We read a poem
* We discuss the poem
* Only the poem we’ve read.
* No Jargon
* No experience needed
* Nothing to fear
* Nothing but the poem.

There’s a little sample of what a NBTP session is like here.

Nothing But the Poem at the SPL June 23

June 23, 2009

nothingbutthepoemecl21

Fancy a poetry chat? Come along to Nothing But The Poem: A relaxed and informal way to meet and discuss poems.

Where: Scottish Poetry Library, Crichtons Close.

When: 6.30pm on June 23rd.

How Much: Free Free Free!

Moderated by ECL / SPL Reader-in-Residence Ryan Van Winkle.

What is it?
* We read a poem
* We discuss the poem
* Only the poem we’ve read.
* No Jargon
* No experience needed
* Nothing to fear
* Nothing but the poem.

There’s a little sample of what a NBTP session is like here.

New Classic Poem in the SPL Reading Room!

June 19, 2009

lerwick500Edinburgh-raised, future middle-aged librarian Anna Gibson discusses Scottishness and Norman MacCaig’s poem “Aunt Julia”. Read her mind here.

spikeyborder